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The Battle Ends
Debra Schmidt, the San Joaquin County mother who was extradited from Texas by Alameda County prosecutors to stand trial for violating a custody order by taking her children to the Lone Star State ("Law and Borders," Nov. 14), remains in Santa Rita Jail awaiting sentencing Jan. 11.
Her case provoked an epic battle between the two states, during which courts in Texas and California issued contradicting custody orders. Two Texas governors, including George W. Bush, refused to send Schmidt back to California until a federal judge forced her extradition in September.
Schmidt was convicted of two counts of felony child abduction earlier this month. She claims that she took her two daughters out of state because authorities weren't closely monitoring her children's court-ordered visits with their father, Manuel Saavedra, a registered sex offender.
But the jury didn't hear anything about Schmidt's motives, which her attorney, Rollie Pennington, says will likely form the basis for an appeal of her conviction. The Hon. Donald Squires disallowed any mention of Saavedra's sex offender status and past conviction for child molestation, or of a letter from Schmidt notifying the Alameda District Attorney's Office of her whereabouts in Texas.
Squires also denied bail, unless Schmidt arranges to have her daughters return to California from Texas, which Schmidt has refused to do. In a separate action in San Joaquin County, Schmidt also faces contempt charges for taking the children out of state.